Saint Thomas More, our parish patron, was born in 1478 in England. Educated at Oxford, he married and had one son and three daughters. He was the first layman to serve as Lord Chancellor of England. He wrote works on the governance of the realm and in defense of the faith. His most famous book is “Utopia.”He was beheaded in 1535 by order of King Henry VIII, whom he had resisted in the matter of his divorce and establishment of the Church of England. Among his last words were “I die the king’s good servant, and God’s first.”<
He was canonized in 1935. Our church houses in the base of a statue of Thomas More a memorial stone (shown below) from the Roper Chapel in Saint Dunstan’s Church in England, where the head of the martyred saint is entombed. This shrine to our patron was dedicated in 1971.
Looking back, we believe Bishop Helmsing chose the name Saint Thomas More for our parish, but do not know why that name in particular was chosen.